Littlebredy Walled Gardens
In Victorian times, the 5-acre Gardens at Littlebredy were the 'productive grounds' of Bridehead, which is the mansion at the centre of the ancient Littlebredy estate. This means that the gardens were responsible for producing much of the fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers required to supply the Estate owners and the villagers.
Today, the gardens are looked after through a not-for-profit Community Interest venture. They are located on a warm south-facing slope of the Bride Valley where the little River Bride rises and runs through the grounds.
The attractive 1-acre Walled Garden and the old greenhouses and stone buildings are being gradually restored following their falling out of use in the 20th century. The site is now open to visitors who can come and enjoy the 1,200 ft of lovely flower borders and vegetable plots, and see how the work is progressing each year.
The lovely Gardens are now closed for the Winter season, but will re-open in 2021 from mid-April until mid September.
How to find us
Littlebredy, Dorset is on a poorly-signposted side road half way between Dorchester and Bridport on the A35, just west of Winterbourne Abbas. Follow the signs to Littlebredy.
Alternatively, it is easily reached from the scenic Bridport to Weymouth road B3157 by turning off at Portesham, to the east of Abbotsbury. Once through Portesham village follow the main lane to just over the highest part of the hill, then turn off left at the signpost to Littlebredy.
Satnav to postcode DT2 9HL.
On normal opening days, drive or walk down the 'Private' lane adjacent to the commemorative bus shelter and follow the Walled Gardens signs to the car park and main entrance.
On special NGS Days, please park on the village green next to the bus shelter (except for Disabled access, for which drive to the car park as usual). NGS Day visitors should walk down the hill from the Green and follow the pedestrian access signs.
Safety notices: some of the paths are on slopes which can become slippery when wet. There are old glasshouses which are not open to the public and should not be entered due to the risk of falling glass. The River Bride runs through the garden and children must be kept under close supervision at all times. Dogs are welcome on leads.